Mary Pettis

Mary Pettis

Considered an “Expressive Realist,” ARC Living Master™ artist Mary Pettis has traveled the world to paint and teach.

Classically trained, she has studied with other renowned artists: Hungarian painter Bela Petheo; Richard Lack, at Atelier Lack; and Daniel Graves, who later became the founder of the Florence Academy of Art. In the 1990s, Jim Wilcox introduced her to the “wet-in-wet” plein air approach and she moved her studio outdoors. Over the years she continued her studies with various teachers including Zhang Wen Xin, Kevin MacPherson, Jove Wang, and James Shoop.

Today, Mary divides her time equally between painting in the studio and plein air painting outdoors. Decades of training have resulted in hundreds of paintings; within her work, Mary strives to express and celebrate the beauty, dignity, and worth of this world and its inhabitants.

Mary is an ARC Living Master™ as well as signature member of the American Impressionist Society and American Society of Marine Artists.

Mary and her husband Randy live along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota.

“There is a Spirit, a soulfulness, a connectedness within and among everything that light can touch. I love the inherent beauty and language of paint itself, and to share my impressions of this elegant world.” — Mary Pettis

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